Augmented Reality Makes Climbing Wall Exercise Fun

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  1. cageymaru

    cageymaru [H]ard|News Staff Member

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    Finland-based startup, Augmented Climbing, has developed a climbing wall exercise machine. By harnessing the power of augmented reality, depth sensors, an advanced projector, and computer vision; the team was able to use the participant's motion to play exercise games. There is a game called Sparks where you are surrounded by a triangular field of electricity that moves. Your objective is to stay within the field and not touch the electricity. Looks like a great workout!

    The multiplayer game shown in the video below is called Climball. It is a Pong style game where you have to use your hands or feet to reach the puck as it is knocked from player to player. The computer can see the player's hands and feet on the wall so it will bounce the puck off them. Since you would be going against another person, this workout could get serious really fast!

    AR looks like it holds great potential. I believe that the future is bright for this technology. I could see this climbing wall with it's various exercises at a gym or home. Personally I would stick the kids on it to battle each other. Not sure if I would last longer than the video. You can get a price quote directly from Augmented Climbing.

    On top of all the games and entertainment this incredible device provides, it also serves as an invaluable learning tool for climbers of all skill levels. With an impressive program entitled Augmented Problems, climbers use a touchscreen computer to create their own climbing routes based on their personal body-type and skill level. A video feedback system can then transmit life-size video of previous climbs directly on the wall for reference. This means climbers can follow along with previous climbs and even race their past selves.
     
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    scojer [H]ard|Gawd

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    Could go action movie/video game and have it appear like a cliff is crumbling if you don't climb fast enough.
     
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    NeghVar [H]ard|Gawd

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    I don’t know if this would be considered augmented reality, but one thing I think would be good is integrating google maps, street view and one of the numerous VR headset to create an experience on an exercise bike. Specify start and end points. System provides paths to choose from in which there is street view data. Downloads all street view imagery. Generates extra frames between each image to create a smooth transition between each image in the street view database. Of course downloading all the data and generating the transition frames would take a lot of time. So plan it ahead of time. I believe such a system would become quite popular. Turn a stationary exercise bike into an adventure
     
  4. cageymaru

    cageymaru [H]ard|News Staff Member

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    That's a great idea! Google Maps already has the ability to turn corners onto another street or whatever. Just make the scenery a little more fluid by adding more frames, maybe do an augmented reality with a projector within your home. Heck you could take the new iPhone 8 that is coming and setup a "hologram" image of the trail onto your wall or furniture by mounting it onto a bracket on your bike.

    Great response NeghVar !
     
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    Need to display sharks swimming on the floor.
     
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  6. jpm100

    jpm100 [H]ardness Supreme

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    They do this with monitors now. Dude who sits next to me has a system. Cycles with other riders in differ places. Logical progression is to do VR. He says they are in early development.
     
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